Tottenham have 'six cup finals' remaining in the Premier League this season according to manager Tim Sherwood - but it is hard to shake the feeling that the ship has sailed on Spurs' campaign already.
After a heavy defeat against Liverpool over a week ago, Tottenham are now in 7th place, eight points adrift of rivals Arsenal in 4th place with a game in hand of the Gunners.
Everton in 5th, are a point back from Arsenal with a game in hand, while Manchester United are up to 6th after their convincing win against Newcastle.
All that means Tottenham's top four hopes are gone for another season barring a collapse of monumental proportions from the teams above them. They may still have something to play for however.
The expected arrival of a new manager in the summer means there could be plenty of changes made so some could well be playing for their future - something a struggling Sunderland side will have to be wary of.
The Black Cats are marooned at the bottom of the table, but have three games in hand to get themselves out of trouble.
Spurs have Emmanuel Adebayor, Vlad Chiriches and Paulinho back from injury, but Erik Lamela, Kyle Walker and Jan Vertonghen remain sidelined.
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet - a former Tottenham player and manager - has no fresh injury worries.
Predicted Tottenham team: Lloris, Rose, Naughton, Dawson, Kaboul, Bentaleb, Sigurdsson, Eriksen, Chadli, Townsend, Adebayor
Predicted score: Spurs 2-1 Sunderland
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